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Minnesota Senator investigated by state board over COVID-19 comments

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Minnesota GOP Sen. Scott Jensen (@SenatorJensen on Facebook)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State Sen. Scott Jensen said he’s being investigated by the Minnesota State Board of Medical Practice for some public comments he made as a doctor about the coronavirus.

In a video released Sunday the Chaska Republican said the investigation related to his earlier criticism of the Minnesota Department of Health for following federal guidelines on when doctors should characterize deaths as due to COVID-19.

Jensen said he was fearful the death toll might be inflated is each state’s allocation of federal funds depended on the number of coronavirus deaths.

He said doesn’t know who filed a complaint with the board and that he felt “targeted.” Jensen said he will cooperate fully with the investigation, the Star Tribune reported.

In the video, he said the board is focused on two allegations: spreading misinformation about the death toll and providing “reckless advice” by comparing COVID-19 with the flu.

In the video, Jensen said the board is focused on two allegations: spreading misinformation about the death toll and providing “reckless advice” by comparing COVID-19 with the flu.

This isn’t the only one of Jensen’s expressed controversial views on public health. He is opposed to state-mandated vaccines for children — thinks it should be the parents’ right. He’s defended President Donald Trump for promoting the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment for COVID-19 despite it not being medically approved for the coronavirus.

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    Wayne Rohde

    July 8, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Bravo to Sen Jensen for speaking out. This is a hit job by some peer who is upset that he will not walk in lockstep or not participate in group think. I know him and he is an honorable man.
    And now that HCQ has been proven effective by a German study, CDC and medical community look pretty foolish.

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